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How Do I Become a Bus Driver in the UK?

If you’re someone who enjoys being behind the wheel, interacting with people, and seeking a career with flexible hours and a steady income, a career as a bus driver could be for you. If you're contemplating a position as a bus driver, you might be interested in understanding the duties involved and the steps required to enter this career. Below, we take a look at the responsibilities of a bus driver, the process of becoming one, and detail the essential skills necessary for success in this role.

So, How Do I Become a Bus Driver?

The first step is to ensure that you meet the basic requirements for becoming a bus driver in the UK. This typically includes having a valid driving licence with no more than 6 points, being over a certain age (usually 18 or 21, depending on the company), and possessing the right to work in the UK. Once you've confirmed that you meet these criteria, the next step is to obtain a PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) licence. This involves undergoing a medical examination to ensure you meet the necessary health standards for driving a bus and passing both theory and practical tests specific to bus driving. Additionally, you'll need to complete a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification, which consists of initial and periodic training to ensure you have the knowledge and skills required for the role. To find out more about what qualifications are required, click through to one of our latest blogs.

What Skills Do I Need?

To excel as a bus driver in the UK, you'll need a diverse set of skills beyond just driving proficiency. Here are some key skills required for the role:

Customer Service: Interacting with passengers is a significant part of the job. Strong customer service skills are essential for providing a pleasant and courteous experience to passengers, addressing their inquiries, and handling any issues that may arise during the journey.

Communication Skills: Clear communication is crucial for conveying information to passengers, coordinating with dispatchers or supervisors, and maintaining effective communication with other road users.

Attention to Detail: Bus drivers must adhere to strict schedules and routes, requiring a keen eye for detail to ensure timely arrivals and departures. Additionally, attention to detail is vital for conducting pre-trip inspections and identifying any potential safety hazards or mechanical issues with the vehicle.

How Long Will the Process Take?

The duration to become a bus driver in the UK can vary depending on factors such as the chosen training provider, individual progress, and specific requirements of the employer. Typically, completing the necessary training and assessments to qualify as a bus driver can take around six to eight weeks. However, this timeline may be extended if any of the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) tests are failed, as retakes often involve a waiting period of at least three working days. Alternatively, individuals undertaking a bus driving apprenticeship should expect a more comprehensive commitment, typically lasting a full year to achieve qualification as a bus driver.

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If you’re wanting to start your career as a bus driver, we’d be happy to help! With over 40 years of experience working in the transport training industry, we’ve helped many individuals and organisations with passing their PCV and CPC training - which can be seen through our numerous five star reviews. For more information about our bus driver course, please give us a call on 01525 370862. We also have an online enquiry form that you can complete, and a member of our team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.